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Birdfair 2020 will not take place at Rutland Water this year after organisers decide to cancel it because of the coronavirus pandemic

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Organisers have cancelled one of the biggest events in Rutland's calendar.

Birdfair 2020 will not be going ahead in August as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event has been running for 31 years and raised more than £5m for environmental projects in that time.

Chris Packham
Chris Packham

Despite plans being well underway, organisers felt it would be too risky to continue with this year's fair.

A spokesman said: " Even if public gatherings were to be given permission to go ahead later in the summer, we do not feel we could maintain our duty of care during this covid-19 crisis, and delaying our decision further would only increase costs which would be difficult for Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to bear."

Event organisers are looking at ways to hold a digital birdfair this summer, which could include online speakers and discussions.

The spokesman said: "We are determined that we will be back for Birdfair 2021.

"We are already planning a new direction for the event, offering different ways of exploring how they can engage with wildlife and nature conservation, within the UK and worldwide."

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